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River bass malady spreads

Since 2005, the appearance of diseased, intersex smallmouth bass and sudden fish kills on the lower Susquehanna River have increasingly alarmed anyone who fishes or cares about the river.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announces new Chief of Enforcement

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has named Jeff Crow as its new Chief of Enforcement. Most recently Crow served as the Law Enforcement Management Specialist for the University of Arkansas’s Criminal Justice Institute. Following an extensive search and interview process the Commission accepted AGFC Director Loren Hitchcock’s recommendation to select Crow for the position recently vacated…

Nevada Fishing Report for February 29, 2012

LAKE MEAD – Unsettled weather has kept many anglers away in recent days and made fishing difficult for those who have ventured out. Anglers have found slow fishing for striped bass in much of the lower basin, though some are connecting on small fish near Vegas Wash. Striper action is slow to fair at Temple Bar and other areas of…

Spring into trout stocking in Massachusetts

Bay State anglers with their 2012 freshwater fishing license in hand can look forward to casting for over 522,100 feisty brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout by mid-March. These are sizeable fish; more than 73% of the fish will be 12 or more inches long. “We have some truly high quality fish this spring,” observes Hatchery Chief Dr. Ken Simmons….

Want to Go Trout Fishing Before Opening Day in Vermont?

Catch-and-release fishing with lures or flies is allowed on nine Vermont river sections. Catches like this big brown trout are fairly common in most of these waters. Why wait for the traditional opening day of trout fishing? One of the benefits of our mild winter is that Vermont anglers can capitalize on year-round catch-and-release trout fishing opportunities available on nine…

Oklahoma Fishing Report for February 29, 2012

This fishing report information is provided by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.   CENTRAL Hefner: February 27. Elevation below normal and rising, water 44-47 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits at 6-20 ft. along rocky bank. Smallmouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass fair on jigs at 12-20 ft….

Fishing Report for Central Utah, February 29, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (February 29) Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports fair to good fishing this week with various baits. CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (February 29) The pond will open to fishing on April 1. DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 29) Conservation Officer Orin Neal is telling anglers to stay off any ice at Deer Creek Reservoir. Four people recently fell through in…

MD: BPW Approves Preservation Of 342 Acres In Frederick, Queen Anne’s And Washington Counties Through Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Annapolis, Md. – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 342 acres of streamside forests, natural areas and wetlands, including properties in Frederick, Queen Anne’s and Washington Counties through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement option. “Thanks to these Maryland landowners, our State will continue to see enhanced natural areas and improved water…

TX: Fish Hatchery Closure Possible Due to Drought

ATHENS-Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) may temporarily close the Dundee Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls during the upcoming production season due to a declining water supply. "Although we have not officially made the decision to suspend operations at Dundee for 2012, it looks like we will not have water to operate this spring, and we do not plan to…

ID: Commission increases steelhead limits in Upper Salmon

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday morning, February 16, increased the bag limits for steelhead in part of the upper Salmon River, effective immediately. The daily limit is six steelhead, 18 in possession and 40 for the spring 2012 steelhead season. The increase affects river sections 15 through 19 on the upper Salmon River from Long Tom Creek –…

UT: Fishing Report DWR Southeastern Region

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (February 03) A week ago, Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reported slow fishing on the San Juan arm. Thin, dangerous ice covers Recapture Reservoir, Blanding #3, Blanding #4 and Lloyds Lake. ELECTRIC LAKE: (February 03) Angler Larry Duzenack reports good fishing for 14- to 18-inch trout. FERRON RESERVOIR: (February 03) Fish were removed from the reservoir last fall and…

Study: Lake Erie suitable for carp

Lake Erie and some of its biggest tributary rivers have just the right water temperatures and other characteristics needed for greedy Asian carp to make themselves at home, says a federal study.

Youngster rips state fish record

The 15-year-old freshman at Rockford Auburn High had been curled up on the floor of his father’s 1973 14-foot Starcraft after a morning of fishing on the Pecatonica River on Jan. 7.

NY: Blackfish regs tightened for ’12

Spring season axed entirely East Setauket, N.Y. – New York's tautog (blackfish) regulations will be dramatically tightened in 2012 by a sharply shortened season and an increased size limit for both recreational and commercial anglers. The new regulations are being put into effect to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Fishery Management Plan. They may also…

MI: Salmon season is solid on Michigan

DNR announces plans to reduce stocks in Huron Lansing – While anglers fishing one Great Lake caught outstanding numbers of salmon, those fishing another made only average catches. Lake Michigan produced plenty of coho salmon, particularly early in the season. "There were nice coho fisheries in the southern part of the state, particularly New Buffalo and St. Joseph," Jay Wesley,…

NY: Monster muskies spark talk of new world record

Clayton, N.Y. – A pair of huge muskies caught last month in the St. Lawrence River have once again fueled talk that a world record fish is swimming in that popular water. Daniel Polniak, Jr., of Ogdensburg (St. Lawrence County) caught and released a 60-inch muskie that weighed an estimated 60-65 pounds while fishing with Capt. Rich Clarke of Sign…